A Chocolate Affair in Arvada, Colorado with Zeb the Duck

We love chocolate.   We eat chocolate.   Now we can have a Chocolate Affair.   Olde Town Arvada’s 15th annual Chocolate Affair was delicious.   You buy tickets for $1.00.   Each ticket lets you purchase a taste of chocolate from a local business.   This is where we bought tickets.

Tickets for $1 per sample sold here

Tickets for $1 per sample sold here

Also on sale are souvenirs.   How about the shirt with I love OTA.

Olde Town Arvada

Olde Town Arvada

That’s Olde Town Arvada.   Crossing the street we found Dove Chocolate Discoveries at School House Kitchen and Libations, a favorite restaurant.

School House Kitchen and Libations

School House Kitchen and Libations

The little tasters are mint flavored (white ones) and chocolate flavored (brown).

Dove Chocolate Discoveries beverages

Dove Chocolate Discoveries beverages

The mint was our choice and a perfect choice for us.   Whiskey was available to further flavor the beverage, but we declined.    Next stop was Arvada Public Library.   We tried Haystacks, a peanut butter flavored delight and then white chocolate with cranberries.

Looce's chocolate candy samples

Looce’s chocolate candy samples

Samples were from Looce’s.  Both were delicious and could become addictive.   Their sign says Little Bits of Heaven.   These are handmade chocolates.  Looce’s is a local company based in Littleton, Colorado.   Visit them at  www.mslooceys.com   Also in the library samples of chocolate milk from Longmont Dairy were available.   Small humans were enjoying face painting and balloons.   Next we headed to Rheinlander Bakery.

Rheinlander Bakery. Smells so good here

Rheinlander Bakery. Smells so good here

The German bakery was very crowded and smelled heavenly.   With our tickets, we purchased a German Chocolate Brownie.

Love this German Chocolate brownie.

Love this German Chocolate brownie.

Mom sort of smashed it a little, but the flavor was so satisfying.   Makes me want more.   Visit them at   http://www.Rheinlanderbakery.com   This event is a fundraiser for Ralston House.   They provide help for children; victims of abuse or neglect.   In addition to purchasing tickets for samples, (all samples are donated by the individual chocolate businesses), paper hearts are placed on street poles.

Buy a heart. Support Ralston House

Buy a heart. Support Ralston House

Humans and businesses purchase these hearts, another donation to Ralston House.   This one was purchased by Arvada Historical Society, but others were Valentine messages for that someone special.    Now to the Rising Church Gym.   Several businesses offered samples, but these are some of our favorites.   La Patisserie Francaisie offered multi layer cake tastes.   A perfect blend of flavors and textures.   Even a mousse layer.

Arvada's La Patisserie Francaise Yum

Arvada’s La Patisserie Francaise Yum

This is a locally owned Arvada business.   Visit them at http://www.lapatbakery.com   We will be visiting them at 7885 N Wadsworth in Arvada.   Next was creamy, dark fudge from Satchi Fudge.   Chocolate Kissed Cherries with almonds was our favorite.

Satchi Fudge Smooth, creamy and delicious

Satchi Fudge Smooth, creamy and delicious

Satchi Fudge is locally owned in Broomfield, Colorado.   They ship all over the continental United States.   See them at  www.SatchiFudge.com    Enstrom’s Candies, made in Grand Junction, Colorado was our last stop for samples.

Enstrom's Candies. Love the toffee

Enstrom’s Candies.  Love the toffee

We used all of our tickets and mom said we had enough chocolate.    Silly mom, never enough chocolate!   The almond toffee from Enstrom’s is one of our favorites.   So we used all our tickets to taste more toffee.   It is so good.   See more at  www.enstrom.com  Walking toward our car, we could not pass the Kettle Corn booth.

Must have Kettle Corn

Must have Kettle Corn

Using money now, we purchased kettle corn.   A Chocolate Affair in Arvada, Colorado is fun and delicious.   The Ralston House is such a great help to abused children.   This festival benefits everyone and it is fun!   We hope to see you there next year.

Echter’s in Arvada

I, Zeb the Duck, say it is time to think about planting flowers, trees, vegetables and bushes.  Mom and I went to Echter’s in Arvada, Colorado.

Welcome to Echter's

Welcome to Echter’s

We have many nursery choices in the Denver area, but we were near Echter’s and they have everything!

Before we even got to the flowers, we saw so many watering cans.

More than I ever saw in my entire Duck life

More than I ever saw in my entire Duck life

I love these garden boots.

So colorful!

So colorful!

They have all the gardening tools and equipment I could think of.  Yard and patio furniture and accessories are plentiful.  In the statuary department this fountain is perfect.

We do have bears in Colorado

We do have bears in Colorado

Orchids??  I thought they were in Hawaii and other tropical places.

Not just for tropical areas now.

Not just for tropical areas now.

Now, in Colorado, also.  This is just fun.

I like this.

I like this.

Eyes and carrot nose like a snowman.  Even a hat and decorated with orange like a pumpkin.  I really like this plant arrangement!

Here are brightly colored geraniums and hanging baskets with petunias.

Beautiful bright colors

Beautiful bright colors

All of these are beautiful.  Echter’s does so much to make planting easy.

Echter's helps gardeners

Echter’s helps gardeners

Pop and plant is a great idea.

Echter’s has so many flats of flowers to plant at your house

So many choices

So many choices

and hundreds of hanging plants.  Look at these marigolds.

I love yellow

I love yellow

Some of the yellow ones match me.  Here is another wonderful fountain.

I love water--I am a duck

I love water–I am a duck

Outside there are so many more things to see.  If you need pots for your flowers,

We like them all

We like them all

you can find what you love here.  Mom loves lilac bushes;

Lilacs to take home and plant

Lilacs to take home and plant

the white ones and all shades of purple, or lilac.  Echter’s even has trees.

Red leaves!!

Red leaves!!

This Royal Red Norway Maple is beautiful.  There is a place for water plants, but they were not in the water yet.

In Denver we should not plant before Mother’s Day.  This is my driveway May 12, 2014,

Don't plant too early

Don’t plant too early

the morning after Mother’s Day.  We measured 6.5 inches of snow on a table in the back.  Temperatures were below freezing also but the snow was gone Tuesday afternoon.   We will plant soon.

Back inside I love the roses.

Roses smell so good

Roses smell so good

They are pretty and smell good.  Echter’s has flowers, houseplants, bushes, trees, vegetables and more.  Again, Echtert’s has everything.   These tomato plants are pretty big already.

We will be back for tomatoes

We will be back for tomatoes

Mom didn’t buy any plants today, but she will soon.  Before tomato plants, we need to rototill the garden.

Echter’s has colors everywhere and everything you could want or need.

Echter's has so much!

Echter’s has so much!

They even have grass seed and a plant doctor.    Echter’s celebrates 55 years as a local, family-owned nursery.  I love this place!  Visit www.echters.com for information, a virtual tour and other great pictures.